War in Ukraine today: latest news, May 17, 2023 (photo)

It has been the 448th day of the Ukrainian resistance to the russian military aggression.

What happened in Ukraine today:

Here is operational information of the General Staff as of 6 pm:   

The russian occupying forces launched 5 missile attacks on the cities of Bakhmut and Kherson using S-300 air defense systems. In addition, there were 32 airstrikes and over 40 MLRS attacks at the positions of our troops and civilian settlements. Unfortunately, there were civilians killed and wounded, and private homes and other civilian and administrative infrastructure damaged.

There remains a high threat of missile and air strikes throughout Ukraine, as the russian federation continues to use terror tactics.

The russian army continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka. There were 25 combat engagements in the above-mentioned areas, with Bakhmut and Marinka remaining in the epicenter of hostilities. 

There were no major changes towards Volyn and Polissia.

Towards Siversk and Sloboda, the enemy fired mortar and artillery shells at Khotiivka, Chernihiv oblast; Novovasylivka, Komarivka, and Volfyne in Sumy oblast, as well as Hriv Kozachok, Udy, Okip, Kozacha Lopan, Hatyshche, Vovchansk, Budarky, Zybyno, Ustynivka, and Zarubinka in Kharkiv oblast.

Towards Kupiansk, the enemy continues to try to improve the tactical situation. There were some unsuccessful offenses against Masiutivka and Novoselivske. There was an airstrike near Pershotravneve. Artillery and mortar attacks by the enemy targeted the settlements of Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zakhidne, Masiutivka, Tabaivka, Berestove in Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast. 

Towards Lyman, the enemy conducted offensive actions near Nevske in Luhansk oblast. There were airstrikes in the areas of Bilohorivka, Verkhnekamianske and Vesele. Makiivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka in Luhansk oblast and Torske, Dibrova, Verkhnekamianske and Spirne in Donetsk oblast came under artillery fire.

Towards Bakhmut, the enemy continues to conduct offensive actions. Heavy fighting for Bakhmut continues. In addition, during the day, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions towards the village of Ivanivske. There were airstrikes near the settlements of Bakhmut and Kurdiumivka. Vasiukivka, Zaliznianske, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Novomarkove, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Predtechine, Bila Hora, Pivnichne, Shumy in Donetsk oblast were affected by hostile shelling.

Towards Avdiivka, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions over the last day. There were air strikes near the settlements of Novokalynove, Avdiivka, Novoselivka Persha and Pervomaiske, while  Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Karlivka and Nevelske in Donetsk oblast were shelled.

Towards Marinka, Ukrainian defense forces repelled numerous enemy attacks near Marinka. At the same time, the enemy launched an airstrike on Krasnohorivka and fired at the settlements of Marinka, Paraskoviivka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk oblast.

Towards Shakhtarsk, the enemy did not conduct any offensive actions. There was an airstrike in the area of Velyka Novosilka and Vuhledar, Prechystivka and Novoukrainka were shelled among other settlements.

The enemy continues to conduct defensive actions in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson oblasts. There was an airstrike on Novopil, Donetsk oblast, and Mala Tokmachka, Zaporizhzhia oblast. At the same time, they shelled more than 20 settlements. Among them are Vremivka, Novosilka, Zelene Pole, and Novopil in Donetsk oblast; Olhivske, Huliaipole, Zaliznychne, Mala Tokmachka, Shcherbaki, Stepove and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia oblast; Zolota Balka, Kachkarivka, Chervonyi Maiak, Zmiivka, Beryslav, Tiahynyka, Antonivka, Dniprovske, Kizomys, Shyroka Balka in Kherson oblast and the city of Kherson. 

Aviation of the Defense Forces conducted 14 strikes on buildups of enemy personnel and military equipment, 5 of which were against the occupiers’ anti-aircraft missile systems. Moreover, our defenders destroyed 2 Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAVs.

Rocket and artillery units hit 1 control center, 6 buildups of manpower, 2 ammunition depots, 2 fuel and lubrication depots, 1 artillery unit at a firing position, 2 air defense facilities and 2 other important enemy targets.

The Office of the President reports that a child was killed as a result of russian shelling of Zelenivka, Kherson oblast. Two more people were also injured.

Hanna Malyar, Deputy Defense Minister, over the past month, russia has intensified its shelling of Sumy, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv oblasts. Between May 8 and 16, russia fired 162 times at these areas. Sumy oblast suffered the most – 110, Chernihiv – 29, Kharkiv – 23. 

The press service of the Ministry of Community, Territorial and Infrastructure Development informs 10,440 Ukrainians have applied for eRestoration. The largest number of applications were submitted by residents of Kharkiv oblast – 3,554 applications, Kyiv oblast – 2,852, Mykolaiv oblast – 870, Donetsk oblast – 688, and Kherson oblast – 649. 

The SBU press service informs that 6 people have been identified as those who disseminated information about the work of air defense forces during Russia’s latest massive attack on Kyiv. Cyber specialists also blocked the operation of online cameras that automatically recorded the Ukrainian air defense in operation.

Recent war events in the east of Ukraine

Kharkiv oblast

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the russian army conducted an airstrike near Pershotravneve in Kupiansk region. It also fired artillery and mortars at at least 18 settlements in the oblast.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration said that over the past month,there were about 140 attacks, including 24 missile ones, destroying civilian objects. 

Kharkiv’s Literary Museum will open a new exhibition space in the basement: on May 20, the museum plans to hold events dedicated to the Night of Museums called “pidvalyny”.

According to Hanna Malyar, Deputy Defense Minister, over the past month, the russian military has increased shelling of the border regions of Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. She added that the occupiers are trying to keep Ukrainian troops in constant tension with artillery and air strikes in the border regions. This is done to prevent them from being used in other areas.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, at least 200 foreign volunteers have been helping to prepare hot meals for IDPs and people who have been left homeless in the canteen of the Frunze plant in Kharkiv. Every day they prepare up to 3 K meals.

On May 16, the russian army shelled at least 24 settlements in Kharkiv, Kupiansk, Chuhuiv and Izium regions. Budarky, Vilshana, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka and Tabaivka came under enemy air strikes, while Kozacha Lopan, Nesterne, Staritsa, Dvorichanske, Kamianka, Dvorichna, Kupiansk, Vovchansk and others were under artillery and mortar fire.

A civilian man of 50 years old died as a result of the shelling of Kupiansk. In Bohuslavka village, Izium region, at least 3 private houses, outbuildings and infrastructure facilities were damaged by russians’ shelling.

On May 16, the russian military tried to attack Masiutivka, but were repelled by Ukrainian defenders and retreated with losses. 

Mine clearance works continue in the region. Over the past day, pyrotechnic units of the State Emergency Service examined almost 8 hectares of territory and neutralized 130 ordnance.

Donetsk oblast

Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of the Ukrainian Army said that soldiers of the 26th Artillery Brigade named after Lieutenant General Roman Dashkevych destroyed a mortar position of russian troops with a direct hit  towards Bakhmut.

Serhii Cherevatyi, Spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Ukrainian troops advanced up to 500 meters in this direction on May 16.

According to Oleksii Roslov, Head of Kostiantynivka MCA, on May 17, russian troops fired on Kostiantynivka community. A man was injured.

Vitlliy Barabash, Head of the MCA said to Suspilne that in the morning, the russian military launched two airstrikes on Avdiivka, hitting the central part of the city and the industrial zone. There were no casualties.

In Donetsk oblast, one underground mine with 30 people in it was cut off from electricity due to the shelling. The Ministry of Energy reported that all people were brought to the surface.

 Vitllii Barabash, Head of the MCA said that the bodies of four dead people were recovered from the rubble of the hospital where russian troops hit Avdiivka on May 15. 

Towards Volnovakha, russian troops carried out two airstrikes and shelled Vuhledar 34 times. Prechystivka was shelled with artillery and Novoukrainka with Grad rockets.

Towards Donetsk, 1 person was killed and 1 wounded in Kurakhove. Three multi-storey buildings and 4 private houses were damaged in the town. Another 3 houses were damaged in Kurakhivka.

Towards Horlivka, 1 person was wounded in Kostiantynivka and 2 infrastructure facilities were damaged. In Toretsk community, 5 houses were damaged in Toretsk and 3 in Niu York. A person was injured in Chasov Yar community, 10 houses and a shop damaged. In Vasyukivka of Soledar community, 3 houses were damaged.

Towards Lysychansk, russians fired 17 times at the outskirts of Lyman community, causing no casualties.

According to Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of Donetsk Regional Military Administration, over the past day, russians killed 1 resident of Donetsk region – in Kurakhove. In addition, the bodies of 4 people killed during the occupation were exhumed in Sviatohirsk. Another 7 people were wounded in the region. 

Luhansk oblast

Makiivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka and Stelmakhivka were hit by artillery over the last day. The shelling of these settlements is almost continuous. The humanitarian aid delivered to Krasnorechenska territorial community was delivered for several days due to the threat. Now it has been distributed to everyone. Residents of Nevske and Novoliubivka received another 70 sets of food, hygiene items and other essentials, and another 29 sets were delivered to Makiivka.

The russians unsuccessfully tried advancing towards Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka and Bilohorivka. The rf army conducted an air strike on the latter.

Luhansk Regional Military Administration reported that forced mobilization in the occupied territories is gradually becoming a business. At first, attempts to postpone the draft for money were chaotic, but now the invaders have ‘improved’ their actions. Recently, after detention during the first introductory interview, the russian occupiers have been demanding a so-called ‘monetary reward’ from men for postponing mobilization. Those who refuse to pay a bribe or do not have the required amount of money are sent to field camps to undergo an accelerated course of general military training. They are given time to think and look for money.

There are settlements in the so-called ‘luhansk people’s republic’ where people are not only unaware of this, but also of the events at the front and in the rear. Like in Rubizhne. According to those who have visited, due to the lack of Internet, the population there has virtually no up-to-date information. Whatever relatives say on the street is passed on.

What is happening now in the north of Ukraine

Kyiv oblast

The delegation of the Swedish Riksdag Foreign Affairs Committee visited Kyiv oblast on April 16th. Swedish parliamentarians witnessed Borodianka, Bucha, and Irpin – the places where the greatest destruction occurred as a result of russian aggression in the oblast. Aron Emilsson, Committee Chairman noted that Sweden will continue to support Ukraine in military, financial, and humanitarian spheres, taking an active part in the reconstruction of Kyiv oblast.

Delegation of Swedish parliamentarians visited Kyiv oblast. Photo: Ukrinform

The city council reported that construction of a modular town for IDPs started in Vorzel. Residential units for 15 families will be built as part of the RE:Ukraine Housing project by the Ukrainian architectural company Balbek Bureau. Also, a leisure space and a center for interaction between internally displaced persons and the local community will be arranged on the territory of the town.

Ruslan Kravchenko, Head of the Regional Military Administration, reported that preparations for the 2023/2024 heating season have started in Kyiv oblast to be ready for the autumn-winter period in advance. This includes preparation of 7.2 thousand residential buildings, 587 schools, 434 kindergartens, 1,037 medical facilities, 1.4 thousand boiler houses, and 0.8 thousand kilometers of heating networks.

In the event of an air raid, public transport in Kyiv will take passengers to the nearest shelter. This decision of the Defense Council comes into effect on May 22 and applies equally to public transport and private carriers. Patrol police should supervise this process.

Kyiv’s Rescue Service reported that rescuers discovered remnants of ammunition in Sviatoshyno forestry in Kyiv. During excavation works, a Grad MLRS munition without a warhead was found. This is not the first time a dangerous item was found in this forest – residents of the city are urged to be careful.

In Kyiv, the Red Cross has started conducting training on how to provide first aid to animals. The course consists of theoretical and practical parts on how to treat pets in critical situations: respiratory failure, bleeding, fainting, different traumas, injuries, wounds, poisoning, tick bites, etc. Ukrainian Red Cross instructors were the first to master the skills on how to provide first aid to pets.

According to Kyiv City Military Administration, flower panel “A Girl Walking to Victory” will be created in Dniprovskyi district of Kyiv. The panel is based on a mural sketch created by French artist Julien Malland, a.k.a. Seth. The artist painted the piece last year in Paris to draw the attention of the French community to the war in Ukraine and titled it “Ukraine in Action”.

Zhytomyr oblast

UAH 1.5 million is allocated from the state budget for the professional adaptation of veterans and their families. According to Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration, the funds will be used to cover more than 140 people. In total, there are more than 20 K people in Zhytomyr oblast who have the status of combatants or persons with disabilities as a result of war and who took part in the russian-Ukrainian war.

According to Zhytomyr Regional Military Administration, the administration of the German city of Brilon has collected and donated 5 tons of humanitarian aid, including fire hoses and overalls, to Zhytomyr rescuers. It was noted that since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, firefighters in the oblast have already made more than 3 K visits, in particular those to eliminate the consequences of russian aggression.

Sumy oblast

According to Sumy Regional Military Administration, yesterday, the enemy once again shelled the border areas of Sumy oblast. There were 112 explosions. Bilopillia, Myropillia, Khotin, Yunakivka, Seredyno-Buda, Nova Sloboda, and Velyka Pysarivka communities were under attack. The enemy attacked the communities with mortars, artillery, grenade launchers, and UAVs. A civilian was injured in Myropillia community, an elevator, a garage of an agricultural enterprise, and a house were damaged. A residential building was damaged in Belopollia region.

The consequences of russian shelling of Myropillia community. Photo: Telegram channel of the Sumy Regional State Administration

Sumy Regional Military Administration reported that in the morning, the russian army shelled Bilopillia community again, inflicting 7 mortar attacks on its territory. The enemy also attacked Komarivka village in Esman region – there were 4 shells from barrel artillery. According to the report of the ‘North’ operational command, by noon Nova Vasylivka village of Znob-Novgorod community was also under attack: there were 4 shells allegedly launched from barrel artillery and 8 shells from MLRS.  

In the afternoon, the russians shelled Hirky village, Nova Sloboda community, with mortars. According to Olha Harkavenko, Head of Nova Sloboda community, a residential building caught fire as a result of the shelling. When local residents tried to extinguish the fire, the russian military opened fire on them with small arms.

An exhibition of contemporary political cartoons titled “We will Cheer up our Glorious Ukraine!” opened in Sumy. About 30 artworks by Sumy artists Mykhailo Volov and Borys Pylypenko are presented at the Congress Center. The main characters of the caricatures are mostly putin and his army.

Chernihiv oblast

The State Border Guard Service reported that yesterday, the enemy attacked the border of Chernihiv oblast again. The villages of Muravyi and Hremyach of Novhorod-Siverskyi community, as well as Zaliznyi Mist and Leonivka of Semenivka community were shelled. There were 20 mortar bombs and 4 shells fired from cannon artillery.

According to the ‘North’ Operational Command, in the morning, Khotiyivka village in Novhorod-Siverskyi region, Chernihiv oblast, came under russian shelling. According to the preliminary information, the enemy applied artillery fire: there were 10 hits.

According to Viacheslav Chaus, Head of Chernihiv Regional Military Administration, the enemy shelled Semenivka community with artillery. Due to the shelling, an urgent care center caught fire: the fire destroyed the roof and ceilings of the institution.

Urgent care center in Semenivka community after russian shelling. Photo: Telegram channel of Vyacheslav Chaus, the head of Chernihiv Regional Military Administration

Europe Day events will be held in Chernihiv. A series of events on the values of European culture and its role in the life of Ukraine today will be held in the regional capital on May 20-21 under the slogan “Chernihiv is Europe”.

Recent events in the central regions of Ukraine

Dnipropetrovsk oblast

Mykola Lukashuk, Head of the State Administration for Regional Development reported that during the day, the russian occupiers attacked Nikopol district three times. They fired from heavy artillery, hitting the Myrove and Marhanets communities. The post office, a shop, an educational and medical institution, an ambulance, an administrative building, and an agricultural enterprise were damaged in Myrove territorial community. A two-story building, 11 private houses, an outbuilding, a car, an apiary, gas pipelines and power lines were damaged.  In Marhanets community, which came under enemy fire during the day and in the evening, an agricultural company was damaged. There was a report of an attack from an MLRS on the territory of Mezhivska community in Synelnykove region. 

Aftermath of russian shelling. Photo: Mykola Lukashuk

The traditional International Watercolor Exhibition Springtime opened in Dnipro, at the House of Arts. It has been held for ten years in a row. This time, the exhibition features more than 120 works by artists from 15 cities. Among the authors are internally displaced artists from Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Nikopol.

Vinnytsia oblast

According to the RMA, the leaders of the oblast signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Swiss-Ukrainian Project “Cohesion and Regional Development of Ukraine”, the UCORD, Vinnytsia Regional Development Agency (RDA), Vinnytsia Regional Council, and Vinnytsia Regional Military Administration. Within the framework of their obligations, the parties will cooperate to establish close cooperation and consolidate efforts aimed at restoring and developing Vinnytsia oblast. ​​ 

Kirovohrad oblast

A psychological hub for children called Help Center Krop was created by teenagers as part of the Unicef UPSHIFT program. It operates on the basis of the Mriia educational complex. The center has an educational base to support children affected by the war.

In Kropyvnytskyi, the City Maternity Hospital received modern medical equipment from the Georgian charitable foundations Lelo for Georgia and We Help Ukrainians.

Poltava oblast

Oleh Belonozhko, Head of Poltava Regional Council reported that on May 17, Poltava Regional Hospital named after Sklifosovsky received new medical equipment. This is a magnet that helps remove small fragments and bullets from a wound. The benefactors donated supplies for the hospital’s operating room, surgical instruments, antibiotics, saline and more. 

Cherkasy oblast

Students of 5-9 grades of the Ukrainian Children’s Academy, a private institution of preschool and general secondary education, raised UAH 1,985,875 at the Counteroffensive Soon charity auction. This was reported by the press service of Uman City Council. The main goal of raising funds for a pickup truck for the Armed Forces of Ukraine was exceeded by 6.5 times.

Pupils of Cherkasy specialized school No. 20 raised UAH 40 K for the Armed Forces during a charity concert. They plan to spend the money on a drone.

According to chaplain Volodymyr Pedko, four thermal imagers, which were raised by the Chaplaincy Service of the Cherkasy Regional Defense Company, were handed over to the 118th separate territorial defense brigade. The aid will soon be sent to the Ukrainian military near Bakhmut.

Latest news from the front of the southern regions of Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia oblast

Yesterday, the occupiers shelled 16 towns and villages close to the front line. They carried out a total of 88 attacks, including 81 artillery strikes on Huliaipole, Orikhiv, Olhivske, Zaliznychne, Preobrazhenka, Malynivka, 2 missile attacks on Poltavka and Malynivka, 4 drone attacks on Poltavka and Malf Tokmachka, and an airstrike on Novodanylivka. Currently, 51 civilian objects have been reported destroyed, including cars, houses, and other property. During the artillery shelling of Huliapole, a 48-year-old man was injured, and near Uspenivka, a 34-year-old tractor driver and a 61-year-old agronomist were wounded.

According to the General Staff, the enemy continues to use preschool institutions in temporarily occupied areas for their own purposes. russian occupiers have taken over a kindergarten building in the village of Iuriivka to accommodate their personnel. However, there are also civilians residing in the kindergarten area who were evacuated from the nearby conflict-affected areas.

A volunteer from England, James Caprini, and Zaporizhia resident Natalia Isakova got married in Zaporizhia. The man came to Ukraine to join the ranks of the international battalion but later decided to volunteer and found love here.

James and Natalia’s wedding ceremony. Photo from social media

Mykolaiv oblast

On May 16, 2023, at 23:08, russian forces carried out a missile strike on the city of Mykolaiv, likely using Kalibr missiles. The enemy targeted an industrial infrastructure object, resulting in one person being injured. The shelling damaged the buildings of a trade and entertainment center, two car showrooms, and a fire broke out among the vehicles in one of the parking lots. According to Mykolaiv RMA, the blast wave also damaged private houses and shops.

Consequences of the nighttime shelling in Mykolaiv. Photo from social media

Yesterday, three residents of Mykolaiv oblast were injured by explosives left by russian military personnel. One incident occurred with an agrarian worker during field works. The man ran over an unidentified explosive device while operating a tractor. He was not injured, but the tractor was damaged as a result of the explosion. Two other individuals were injured by enemy mines in the village of Ukrainka in Halytsyniv community, sustaining significant mine-related injuries. Both were hospitalized.

Mykolaiv oblast is among the top three regions with the most devastated housing. According to the Ministry of Development of Communities and Territories Infrastructure of Ukraine, 10,440 applications for assistance have been submitted during the first week of the state aid program for restoring damaged housing. Over 56% of the applications concern the restoration of apartments, 43.4% are for private houses, and less than 1% are for other residential premises.

Odesa oblast

The level of missile threat remains quite high for Odesa oblast, particularly due to the presence of enemy missile carriers in the Black Sea. As of the morning of May 17, the naval group in the Black and Azov Seas had been reduced to nine units, while the number of missile carriers increased. A frigate and a small missile ship in the Black Sea, as well as a missile boat in the Azov Sea, joined the nighttime missile attack. According to the ‘South’ Operational Command, the total salvo of Kalibr missiles amounted to fifteen units, taking into account those used in the previous night’s attack.

The Department of Municipal Economy of Odesa City Council received a powerful generator from their French partners for the needs of Odesa’s Municipal Electric Transport Company with the assistance of the Ambassador of Odesa to the Slovak Republic, Oleksandr Roitburg, and the Charitable Foundation Southern Capital

The vessel DSM Capella departed from the port of Chornomorsk with 30K tons of corn on board and is heading to Turkey. This is the last ship under the current ‘grain initiative’, which allows for the safe export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea. It should be noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey stated that the agreement could be extended for at least two more months and will remain in effect until July 18.

Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) has assigned regional train No. 802/801 on the Odesa-Vinnytsia route, which passes through stations such as Vyhoda, Rozdilna, Zatyshshia, Podilsk, Slobidka, Kodyma, Rudnytsia, Kryzhopil, Vapniarka, Zhmerynka, Brailiv, and Hnivan. A comfortable inclusive electric train operates on this route.

Kherson oblast

On May 17, around 16:00, the occupiers shelled the village of Zelenivka. One of the shells hit near a shop where local residents were present. A 5-year-old boy and two men were killed, while another man and a minor boy sustained varying degrees of severe injuries. Additionally, today the russian army shelled a hospital in Beryslav region.

During the night, the russians shelled Kherson. Apartments on the 1st to 5th floors in two entrances of a nine-story building were destroyed. Presumably, the building was hit by a missile.

A civilian resident was injured by a russian landmine near Mala Oleksandrivka. As a result of the detonation, a 59-year-old man lost part of his leg.

On May 16, russian occupiers shelled peaceful settlements in Kherson oblast 79 times, firing 406 shells from artillery, multiple launch rocket systems,mortars, tanks, drones, and aircraft. Kherson was attacked six times, with 26 shells fired at the city. The russian military targeted residential areas of settlements and a gas station in Beryslav region. Seven people were injured, including three children.

The operational situation in the area controlled by the South Defense Forces remains tense. Counter-battery combat continues, and the enemy maintains fire pressure on both the front-line and rear areas.

Our aviation conducted a strike on an enemy buildup near Oleshky. An unidentified type of drone was destroyed in Beryslav region. Additionally, as a result of missile and artillery units’ work, the russian forces lost two Hyacinth large-caliber guns, three units of armored vehicles, an anti-drone rifle, and four occupiers.

Another free bus route has been launched in Kherson oblast, connecting the settlements of Beryslav region. The bus will run along the route of Novohryhorivka village – Nova Kamianka village – Tryfonivka village – Velyka Oleksandrivka town, and vice versa. Social transportation is provided within the framework of the project “Path to Safety and Services: Transportation Support and Collective Centers,” with the support of the Humanitarian Fund for Ukraine (UHF).

Latest news for today in the western regions of Ukraine

Volyn oblast

The RMA held a meeting with Joseph Crowley, representative of the UN board for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in Ukraine, charitable foundations and public organizations that provide assistance to IDPs in Volyn. They discussed the humanitarian response plan for 2023 for Volyn oblast.

Zakarpattia oblast

22 families of IDPs with many children received humanitarian aid, namely, sleeping sets (folding sheet, mattress, pillow, blanket, 2 towels, bed linen), sets of dishes, baby hygiene items and food from Uzhgorod’s city organization of the Red Cross Society.

The children of soldiers of the 128th separate mountain-assault Zakarpattia brigade went on vacation to the Czech Republic thanks to the RMA.

Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

Two families, as part of the Care for the Hero’s Family project, went on vacation. During the week, children and their mothers will have the opportunity to rest, heal, and enjoy educational excursions, master classes, and various leisure activities.

Lviv oblast

Four more objects of soviet propaganda were dismantled in Yavoriv region.

Taras Balaban, defense attorney from Strii region, was posthumously awarded with the 3th degree For Courage Order. The soldier was a military personnel, serving in the 24th separate mechanized brigade named after King Danylo. He was killed on August 24, 2022.

Rivne oblast

The RMA awarded young journalists from Rivne oblast who wrote about indomitability of Ukrainians this year. “I want to speak about indomitability of Ukrainians in a whisper, as if it were the most intimate thing, but so that the whole world could hear. About the strength of my people’s spirit, which was reborn in the bloody war, there will be legends for hundreds of years. I will also live with them, because it was at this terrible time that I realized myself as a Ukrainian…”. This is an excerpt from the work of a 9th-grade student of Myrotynsk Gymnasium of Zdovbytsk village council. Uliana Vasilieva is a participant in the All-Ukrainian competition “I am a Journalist”. There are 808 high school students like her this year from all over Ukraine and 12 countries of the world.

Ternopil oblast

A unique exhibition of photographs by Krzysztof Heike “Not only Katyn…” about war crimes and an exhibition of children’s drawings about the war “Mom, I don’t Want War! 1939-1945 Poland / 2022 Ukraine” opened in Ternopil. The exhibition featured extraordinary works by Polish children during the Second World War and drawings by Ukrainian children who today live under the shelling by occupiers.

Children’s drawings. Photo from social networks

During the rocket attacks on May 13, Andrii Danyliuk, 40-year-old Ternopil resident, was working the night shift at the factory in the area of ​​the former combine factory. The man was seriously injured during the explosions. He was taken to the intensive care unit with burns, first at Ternopil hospital, and later transferred to Lviv burn center.

Civilian was injured. Photo from social networks

Khmelnytskyi oblast

Mykhailo Positko, Mayor of Kamianets-Podilskyi, announced that Kherson community received UAH 1 million in aid from the city to restore damaged critical infrastructure facilities.

Chernivtsi oblast

The city council of Chernivtsi reported that the city signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the international organization Save the Children.

Hlybok multidisciplinary hospital received a 55 kW generator from UKA Umweltgerechte Kraftanlagen GmbH& Co. KG, from the city of Meissen (Germany).

Over 30 social institutions received 17 generators, 26 gas stoves and 46 oil radiators from Chernivtsi regional organization of the Red Cross Society of Ukraine. Patrons also recently sent 272 radiators and 161 small pots for IDPs’ compact living quarters.

International support of Ukraine in the russian-Ukrainian war (russia’s invasion of Ukraine)

South Korea will provide Ukraine with a $130 million aid package. South Korea’s Ministry of Finance reported that Chu Kyung-ho, Minister, and Yuliya Svyridenko, Ukraine’s Economy Minister, who arrived in Seoul to participate in the conference, signed an agreement on a package consisting of donations and loans.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, announced that in addition to Great Britain and France, the Netherlands also supported the ‘fighter coalition’ for Ukraine.

Emmanuel Macron, French President, announced that an international register of damages caused by russian aggression against Ukraine has been created. He called on the Council of Europe to promote the creation of one hundred psychological centers that would help victims of russian aggression under the auspices of the Development Bank of the Council of Europe.

43 states approved the agreement on the register of damages from russian aggression, paving the way for compensation.

The US House of Representatives supported a resolution on a special tribunal for russia.

Tinie Cox, PACE President, stated that the Council of Europe summit will support the tribunal for the russian federation and elements of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace plan.

The UN estimated how much money is needed to restore Ukraine after the russian invasion. The estimated cost of restoration has risen to $411 billion.

The Parliament of Estonia adopted a statement in support of Ukraine’s accession to NATO. In addition, the Parliament of Estonia stated the need to formulate specific measures for the rapid integration of Ukraine into NATO at the summit in Vilnius and to send an invitation to join the alliance to Kyiv.

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine and the Ministry of Social Affairs of Austria concluded a Joint Protocol on cooperation intentions.

The Ministry of Finance of Germany reported that russian assets worth more than EUR 5.2 billion have been frozen in Germany. Over time, these funds can be used to rebuild Ukraine and pay reparations.

Recep Erdogan, President of Turkey, announced that the Grain Agreement has been officially extended. The ships will enter two more Ukrainian ports.

Olena Zelenska met with Pak Chin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The Korean side has expressed readiness to provide demining vehicles and mobile X-ray machines.

Li Hui, China’s special representative, arrived in Kyiv for talks with high-ranking Ukrainian officials. Hui is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Ukraine since the full-scale russian invasion.

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, said that he wants to visit Ukraine. Serhii Nikiforov, Spokesman of the President of Ukraine, stated that, Ramaphosa wants to come as part of a mission from several African countries.

Activists came to the russian embassy in Prague with the demand to return Ukrainian children home. The protest march took place from the Ukrainian to the russian embassy. Near the building, they painted the road with yellow and blue chalk and wrote “return the Ukrainian children”.

Lithuania and Latvia, following Poland, refuse to use the toponym kaliningrad. Instead of the soviet name of the city, it is proposed to use the following options: in Lithuania – karalaucius, and in Latvia – karalauci or the historical name koenigsberg.

The main fundraising platform of Ukraine UNITED24 with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the international Thank You campaign. The key goal is to thank everyone who supported Ukraine during the year. The first locations where messages from UNITED24 appeared were Times Square in New York and Leicester Square in London.

Thanks from Ukrainians. Photo from social networks

A delegation from Ukraine took part in the International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes in France. It included Ukrainian soldiers, chaplains, and mothers of soldiers. 14K soldiers from 38 countries of the world gathered on the pilgrimage. They prayed for peace in Ukraine.

At the opening of the 76th International Cannes Film Festival, Catherine Deneuve read Lesia Ukrainka’s poem Hope. “…Je n’ai plus ni bonheur ni liberté Une seule espérance m’est restée: Revenir un jour dans ma belle Ukraine.”” …I have neither fate nor will, I have only one hope left: The hope of returning to Ukraine once more…”.

Materials compiled by Tetiana Kliuchnyk-Horobets, Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Tamara Moshkovska, Sofia Ratynska, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Vita Petrenko, Аnna Efremova, Halyna Vaskiv

Translated by Tetyana Pidgorna, Olena Reka, Yana Hushchyna, Ioanna Kryvenko, Liudmyla Stadnykova, Yevheniia Sukhonos, Marharyta Koval, Tetiana Kurbatova, Olga Shalya

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